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Watershed Restoration: A Shared Public and Private Investment

Stroud Water Research Center works hand in hand with landowners, helping them use their land more effectively through whole-farm planning and watershed stewardship.

Our expert team sets up the collaborations and partnerships necessary to achieve the highest level of freshwater conservation. The Stroud Center and many partner groups and agencies have secured over $20 million dollars through USDA’s Resource Conservation Partnership Program to support agriculture conservation and restoration projects on farms in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.


Archival photo of Robin L. Vannote, Ph.D., working at an indoor stream flume.

The Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program is named for Robin Vannote, Ph.D., a research scientist and the Stroud Center’s first director. Under Vannote’s leadership, the Stroud Center evolved from a dream to an institution at the forefront of freshwater research. The Stroud Center has benefited enormously from Vannote’s hard work, keen insight, and long-term scientific vision since 1966, and the naming of the Watershed Restoration Program is a fitting tribute.


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Watershed Restoration Staff

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Lisa Blazure

Soil Health Coordinator
Will Curley wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey.

Wills Curley

Watershed Restoration Project Coordinator
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Rebecca Duczkowski

Assistant Director of Donor Relations
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Matthew Ehrhart

Director of Watershed Restoration
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Lamonte Garber

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Amanda Garzio-Hadzick

Amanda Garzio-Hadzick

Watershed Restoration Specialist
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Heather Titanich

Watershed Restoration Coordinator
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David Wise

Watershed Restoration Manager
Calen Wylie

Calen Wylie

Watershed Restoration Program Assistant

Watershed Restoration News

Meet the Farmers: Bud and Marilyn Miller
Meet the Farmers: Bud and Marilyn Miller
Bud and Marilyn Miller see their newly planted streamside forest as a valuable investment for future generations.
Funds for Improved Farming Practices to Help the Chesapeake Bay
Funds for Improved Farming Practices to Help the Chesapeake Bay
Stroud™ Water Research Center’s Watershed Restoration Group was awarded $750,000 to install best management practices on 24 farms.
Two farmers walk across a field in winter.
USDA Programs Put Stroud Center Science on the Ground
With the help of the USDA, a growing number of farmers are choosing to plant streamside forests to protect water quality for their downstream neighbors.
Tree tubes in a new riparian buffer
Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees in Coatesville
The Stroud Center and the Brandywine Conservancy hosted a tree planting on a farm that was once the northern base of the historic King Ranch of Texas.
A goldfinch perched on seed heads.
Lancaster Farming Highlights Farmer’s Efforts to Help Environment
The Stoltzfus farm is a great example of how the Stroud Center can help landowners tap a range of public and private funds to help them afford projects.
Linford Weber and Deanne Boyer of Willow Run Farm
Berks Farmers Connect With Land, Water, and Customers
Willow Run Farm has a sustainable philosophy that includes grass-fed cattle, free-range chickens, and restoring a stream with the help of the Stroud Center.